EIDE HDD in external enclosure

Hewlett-packard / Hp pavilion dv6800
January 6, 2009 at 06:51:27
Specs: Windows Vista, AMD Turion 64 x2 Mobile
I got my external enclosure for my Western
Digital 160GB EIDE hard drive, and it seems
to work fine - Plugged everything in, drivers
installed automatically, "Ready to use"blah -
except the drive itself doesn't appear in My
Computer. The enclosure is a Navigator MDT-
0JK769E), connected to my laptop with USB
2.0. Can anyone help me out here? Thanks in

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January 6, 2009 at 07:19:30
Look in Disk Management for the drive. If the drive is not partitioned and formatted Windows does not assign a drive letter. Without a drive letter it won't show up in My computer.

After partitioning and formatting you may still need to assign a drive letter. If you use other USB devices that are removed you may want to assign a drive letter higher than necessary in order to leave the next available letter open for flash drives, etc.

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January 6, 2009 at 08:46:26
The drive doesn't show up in Disk Management
at all - just my main hard drive in my
laptop. How would I go about partitioning the

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January 6, 2009 at 08:59:51
If the drive is not showing in Disk Management then look in Device Manager to see if it is there.

You may have installed the drive into the enclosure wrong. Most times the jumper position is the problem. Depending on the brand of drive you may need to set as Master, Master alone or leave all jumpers off.

Is the drive a 2.5" or 3.5"?

Is the drive new, used? What is the history of this drive?

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January 6, 2009 at 14:40:58
The drive is a 3.5", it came from a used
freeview tv recorder. I don't know if I
installed it wrong, as Vista installed it
automatically. Also, what are jumpers?

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January 6, 2009 at 15:39:04
Jumpers are things on the back of the drive that allow you to select how the drive is to be configured. Master, Slave or Cable Select.

If the drive came out of a TIVO you may need to run a drive utility from the drive manufacturer. Windows may not recognize the format in use. Do you even know if the drive is good?

If using a 3.5" External enclosure do you have the AC cord plugged in?

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